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Mel B Will Miss 'X Factor' Final And Be Replaced By Tulisa After Former Spice Girl Is Rushed To Hospital

13/12/2014 09:07 GMT | Updated 14/12/2014 09:59 GMT

ITV have confirmed Mel B will miss Saturday night's 'X Factor' final after being struck down by a mystery illness, and will be replaced by former judge Tulisa.

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The former Spice Girl, whose contestant Andrea Faustini is one of the three finalists battling it out, was absent from the press conference for the final this week, and now it's been revealed that she's in hospital for tests after collapsing at home.

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Mel B will miss Saturday night's 'X Factor' final

An 'X Factor' spokesperson said: "Unfortunately Mel is still unwell and following doctors advice she will not be taking part in Saturday's show. Tulisa will join the panel as a guest judge."

Mel was last seen at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday, and was out touting for Andrea on the Battle Bus the same day. Now those close to her are reporting that her body's "gone into shutdown" due to extreme exhaustion.

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Mel on Tuesday with her protege Andrea Faustini, who will now be supported by former judge Tulisa

A source close to the star told the Sun, "She is in a bad way. Everyone is very worried. We are all just praying she comes through this."

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Tulisa will stand in for Mel on Saturday's final

ITV have confirmeed Tulisa was chosen as Mel's replacement because of her previous involvement with the show. She also helped Louis Walsh choose his groups at this year's Judge's Houses stage of the competition.

The N-Dubz star also selected which song Stereo Kicks would be performing during Jukebox week.

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